Much of the world spent the last 48 hours expressing revulsion at the U.S. airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. It was quite clear early on that the perpetrator of the attack was the U.S., and many media outlets and other organizations around the world have been stating this without any difficulties.

The LION Summit for local independent online news publishers took place in Chicago on Friday and Saturday. In two days of panels, there was plenty of focus on ad-selling strategies and other revenue-generating ideas, but one thing was largely missing: mobile strategy.

US Media World: “Wag the dog” is not a movie, it’s reality

Strangely enough, missing are the reports coming out Syria andTurkey about the massive wave of dislocation caused by the Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda, some of which were equipped courtesy of US taxpayers and facilitated by strategic choices made by ..

Which UK newspapers are winning on Twitter?

Britain’s newspapers have navigated through the social media era with mixed success and in many ways the technology has transformed our country’s news-media industry. In this blog post we’ve analysed the Twitter followers of all the leading national newspapers to see if we can learn anything interesting.

The first thing we did was compare conventional circulation figures with Twitter follower counts. It’s obvious that there’s no correlation between the two, and the three lowest circulation papers also happen to have the most followers.

Followers vs Circulation

Mexico: No country for journalists

We explore Mexico’s ‘red lines’ and look at why the Latin American country is one of the deadliest for reporters.

The Sun trials – Thursday 1st October 2015

This week and next, openDemocracy will be bringing daily coverage of the trial of Sun journalists charged with aiding and abetting misconduct in public office by paying a police officer for information. Here is Thursday’s report.

Chris Pharo (top left) is accused of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office between 2002 and 2011. Credit: Youtube.

Beware the bots: Some best practices to combat the fraudulent traffic industry

The hubbub in the advertising industry has of late been mostly focused on the rise of adblockers. Just as alarming is the scale of fake web traffic schemes. About 11 percent of display advertising impressions are fraudulent, and globally, advertisers will lose about $6.3 billion this year due to this fraudulent bot traffic, according to a 2014 study conducted by the security firm White Ops and theAssociation of National Advertisers. And publishers who don’t draw much fraudulent bot traffic are losing out to those who do, as ad dollars are inaccurately allocated.

The Sun trials – Tuesday 29th September 2015

This week and next, openDemocracy will be bringing daily coverage of the trial of Sun journalists charged with aiding and abetting misconduct in public office by paying a police officer for information. Here is Tuesday’s report.

Rebekah Brooks was a “nightmare” newspaper editor who would unleash foul-mouthed volleys at her executives, the Sun’s news chief told a court today.

Chris Pharo, Assistant Editor (News), told the Old Bailey that the Sun was a harsh workplace where complaints were not tolerated.

Graph Commons organized a two-day hackathon on structured journalism and network mapping at the Chamber of Architects in Istanbul. Participants created semantic network models on topics in the field of human rights, civil society, and journalism. They created network maps and built data tools to compile relatively big data from available sources and turn them into graph databases in order to map and analyze the complex issues at hand.

Two reminders on Thursday that publishers face an daunting battle against ad blocking technology. First, The New York Times released its analysis of homepage loading speeds for the top 50 mobile news sites, including CNN, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Gawker, BuzzFeed, Elite Daily, and the Times itself.

This month, as millions of Muslims made the annual Hajj to Mecca, Snapchat set up a Live Story around the pilgrimage. Using a geofence that located users in Mecca and the surrounding areas in Saudi Arabia, Snapchat let users submit photos or short videos that its editors then curated into a story it showcased to its users around the world.

We can’t seem to stop talking about millennials, that elusive age of young people — roughly mid-teens to early 30s — whose numbers have surpassed the baby boomer generation. Recent research suggests, unsurprisingly, that millennials are not a “monolithic group” when it comes to news consumption habits, but in fact fall into several distinct categories.

Space, the Final Journalism Frontier

When Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket exploded over Cape Canaveral, Florida, June 28, its entire payload of supplies to the International Space Station was destroyed. Also lost were the eight tiny satellites owned by Planet Labs—a self-styled agile space company with ambitions to provide a high-resolution picture of the entire planet every day for at least the next 20 years.

How Esquire built Esquire Classic, a new standalone digital archive

Esquire’s first issue was published in the autumn of 1933 featuring a dispatch from Cuba by Ernest Hemingway. That story was the first of Hemingway’s many contributions to Esquire: He ultimately wrote 26 pieces for the magazine during the 1930s, including one of his most well-known stories, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.”

Millennials tend to get lumped into a big group when it comes to hand-wringing about their news consumption habits. But (shocker) defining the entire group of people born between 1980 and 1998 as a “monolithic group that doesn’t change with age and different circumstances” doesn’t really make sense, according to a new report from the Media Insight Project.

How Gigaom died and then came back to life again, kind of

On a Monday night in March, Gigaom, the site where I’d worked for four years, abruptly shut down. In a hastily scheduled conference call, the company’s 80-plus employees were told that we’d run out of money and would cease publishing immediately. Our long-planned conference Structure Data, which was just nine days away, was canceled.

The Hearst-owned San Francisco Chronicle sits in a hub of tech and innovation. But the paper has had to survive losses and layoffs. In 2013 it set up a two-site paywall system, but backtracked a few months later., which firstlaunched in 1994, is free, has a “buzzier” voice, and shares breaking news coverage., created two years ago, has a hard paywall at the moment and is the primary destination for investigations, data visualizations, enterprise coverage, and Chronicle columnists. Last year, the Chronicle launched a revamped membership programin an effort to retain subscribers.

BuzzFeed is planning to enter the local news game in the U.K.

It’s not unusual to see BuzzFeed on a hiring spree, especially since the company seems to be capable of raising limitless amounts of money lately.

But the newest job postings show that BuzzFeed wants to test the waters of local news coverage, at least in the United Kingdom. The company is hiring 14 new positions, four that will go to “regional beat reporters.” From the job description:

Every day, readers are faced with a firehose of news online. News organizations realize this, and they’re trying a bunch of different ways to make the news more manageable — creating chatty summaries of their own stories or publishing extra mobile-friendly content like short Q&As.

Facebook rolls out Signal, a social newsgathering tool for journalists


As everyone in Silicon Valley looks to cozy up to the media, Facebook has released new tools to help journalists find, organize and publish content found on its extensive social network.

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